Des Moines, IA – Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a letter today to President Barack Obama asking for a Presidential Disaster Declaration for 47 counties, including several in North Iowa. The counties impacted suffered significant damage over the past month due to severe flooding, tornadoes, heavy wind, rain, and thunderstorms.
The governor is making the request for federal Public Assistance Program funding for the counties of Appanoose, Benton, Buchanan, Buena Vista, Butler, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Clay, Clayton, Crawford, Davis, Delaware, Des Moines, Fayette, Floyd, Franklin, Greene, Grundy, Hardin, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Keokuk, Lee, Linn, Louisa, Lyon, Mahaska, Marshall, Mitchell, Monona, Monroe, O’Brien, Palo Alto, Plymouth, Poweshiek, Sac, Sioux, Story, Tama, Wapello, Webster, Winnebago and Wright.
An assessment of the 47 counties found severe weather caused an estimated $22 million in damage. Funda may be used to rebuild infrastructure including roads, bridges, culverts, and others, or can be used to cover debris removal costs.